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Illegal immigration is a salient topic for policy makers and for local units of government who are responsible for implementing policies. One particularly relevant policy topic is to what extent undocumented students affect performance in public schools, and if undocumented students do have an impact on performance, what can be done about it? Using Texas as a case study, this analysis finds that, surprisingly, undocumented students have only a marginal effect on the overall performance on standardized exams. Among Latinos, however, there is a statistically negative effect. Furthermore, evidence suggests that managerial skills can mitigate those negative effects.

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This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at State and Local Government Review, published by SAGE. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1177/0160323X11415551